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From Liberia: Women Who Pushed For Peace Face New Challenges

The women of Liberia helped end its civil war, and this week, I got to meet some of them.

After years of fighting, market women began praying for peace and organizing nonviolent demonstrations. With support from the Women in Peacekeeping Network (WIPNET), they eventually forced a meeting with then-President Charles Taylor (now on trial for war crimes) and got him to agree to attend peace talks in Ghana. The women monitored the talks and to make sure the warring sides negotiated a ceasefire.

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